Comcast RISE Business Grants Return in January for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

small business grant opportunities

Small business owners have so many things to manage — it’s not always possible to apply for grant opportunities as they arise. Luckily, many programs offer multiple rounds or opportunities to reach even more businesses. The following small business grant programs have recently be expanded or added to. Read on to see if any current opportunities are relevant to your small business.

Comcast RISE

Comcast recently announced an expansion of its RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment) grant program. Launched in late 2020, the initiative has already provided more than $60 million to women and minority-owned small businesses throughout the country. That funding includes grants, marketing, and technology services. More than 6,700 small businesses have already received assistance. But now the program is expanding with even more funding slated to become available in January.

Global NY STEP

In New York State, the State Trade Expansion Program provides grants of up to $6,000 to small businesses interested in exporting. Businesses must be in business for at least a year and manufacture or distribute products or offer services that can be exported. Grant funds can then be used for things like training, sales trips, or export marketing. This is an ongoing program run through the state. So eligible businesses are encouraged to apply online.

Dallas BUILD

The city of Dallas and its community partners launched Dallas BUILD (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Dallas) last year to help businesses struggling due to the pandemic. They provided two cycles of microgrants up to $3,500, along with coaching and other resources for more than 50 businesses. Now, Bank of America has added an extra $200,000 in funding to help more area businesses.

New Mexico USDA Rural Development Grants

The USDA’s Rural Development grants help small businesses in rural areas grow and serve their communities. In New Mexico, there’s about $350,000 to $360,000 in grant funding currently available. Small and emerging companies that have been in business for at least three years may apply for this ongoing program. In the town of Taos, interested businesses are encouraged to attend a public hearing on December 13. The Town Council will listen to pitches and write grants for the top local candidates.

Decatur COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants

The city of Decatur, Illinois recently opened a new round of grant funding for local small businesses. The latest round of funds comes from the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) program. Decatur businesses can use the funds to cover pandemic-related expenses like setting up outdoor dining or purchasing PPE. December 10 is the deadline for this latest funding round.

Newark Exceptional COVID Grant Program

The city of Newark, New Jersey is offering grants of up to $20,000 to small businesses hit by the pandemic. The Exceptional COVID Grant Program is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to curb closures. This specific program is aimed at personal service providers like hair salons, personal trainers, and day care centers. To qualify, businesses must have 15 or fewer employees and bring in $500,000 or less in revenue each year. The deadline to apply is December 6.

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Comcast RISE Business Grants Return in January for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

small business grant opportunities

Small business owners have so many things to manage — it’s not always possible to apply for grant opportunities as they arise. Luckily, many programs offer multiple rounds or opportunities to reach even more businesses. The following small business grant programs have recently be expanded or added to. Read on to see if any current opportunities are relevant to your small business.

Comcast RISE

Comcast recently announced an expansion of its RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength, and Empowerment) grant program. Launched in late 2020, the initiative has already provided more than $60 million to women and minority-owned small businesses throughout the country. That funding includes grants, marketing, and technology services. More than 6,700 small businesses have already received assistance. But now the program is expanding with even more funding slated to become available in January.

Global NY STEP

In New York State, the State Trade Expansion Program provides grants of up to $6,000 to small businesses interested in exporting. Businesses must be in business for at least a year and manufacture or distribute products or offer services that can be exported. Grant funds can then be used for things like training, sales trips, or export marketing. This is an ongoing program run through the state. So eligible businesses are encouraged to apply online.

Dallas BUILD

The city of Dallas and its community partners launched Dallas BUILD (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Dallas) last year to help businesses struggling due to the pandemic. They provided two cycles of microgrants up to $3,500, along with coaching and other resources for more than 50 businesses. Now, Bank of America has added an extra $200,000 in funding to help more area businesses.

New Mexico USDA Rural Development Grants

The USDA’s Rural Development grants help small businesses in rural areas grow and serve their communities. In New Mexico, there’s about $350,000 to $360,000 in grant funding currently available. Small and emerging companies that have been in business for at least three years may apply for this ongoing program. In the town of Taos, interested businesses are encouraged to attend a public hearing on December 13. The Town Council will listen to pitches and write grants for the top local candidates.

Decatur COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants

The city of Decatur, Illinois recently opened a new round of grant funding for local small businesses. The latest round of funds comes from the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) program. Decatur businesses can use the funds to cover pandemic-related expenses like setting up outdoor dining or purchasing PPE. December 10 is the deadline for this latest funding round.

Newark Exceptional COVID Grant Program

The city of Newark, New Jersey is offering grants of up to $20,000 to small businesses hit by the pandemic. The Exceptional COVID Grant Program is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to curb closures. This specific program is aimed at personal service providers like hair salons, personal trainers, and day care centers. To qualify, businesses must have 15 or fewer employees and bring in $500,000 or less in revenue each year. The deadline to apply is December 6.

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Learn What to Use for Lead Bait with this Webinar

What to Use for Lead Bait

If you want to improve the success of your lead generation you have to leverage your lead bait. And in today’s digital commerce ecosystem, lead bait is more important than ever. With the What to Use for Lead Bait webinar, you will learn how to increase your lead generation pool that has quality and value.

The webinar will teach you how to identify the perfect bait for your market, the 9 baits proven to work for 99% of markets, how to deliver high value without missing sales, and more.

Click the red button and register to attend this essential webinar on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 10 AM Pacific · 11 AM Mountain · 12 PM Central · 1 PM Eastern.

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TECHSPO Atlanta is a two-day technology expo returning June 30th to July 1st, 2022 at the luxurious The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. TECHSPO Atlanta brings together some of the best developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.


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Learn What to Use for Lead Bait with this Webinar

What to Use for Lead Bait

If you want to improve the success of your lead generation you have to leverage your lead bait. And in today’s digital commerce ecosystem, lead bait is more important than ever. With the What to Use for Lead Bait webinar, you will learn how to increase your lead generation pool that has quality and value.

The webinar will teach you how to identify the perfect bait for your market, the 9 baits proven to work for 99% of markets, how to deliver high value without missing sales, and more.

Click the red button and register to attend this essential webinar on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 10 AM Pacific · 11 AM Mountain · 12 PM Central · 1 PM Eastern.

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Featured Events, Contests and Awards

What to Use for Lead Bait [Webinar]What to Use for Lead Bait [Webinar]
December 15, 2021, Online

You don’t have to give away your services for free to prove exactly how you can help. The perfect bait to hook new prospects into your lead generation pool is about quality and value.


Social Media Strategies Summit | Virtual ConferenceSocial Media Strategies Summit | Virtual Conference
February 23, 2022, Online

Learn from a mix of industry leaders who will share the proven social media strategies they use to grow their brands. SMSS is the premier social media conference for solution and service providers to engage directly with a targeted audience of decision-making marketers.


TECHSPO Atlanta 2022 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)TECHSPO Atlanta 2022 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)
June 30, 2022, Atlanta, Georgia

TECHSPO Atlanta is a two-day technology expo returning June 30th to July 1st, 2022 at the luxurious The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. TECHSPO Atlanta brings together some of the best developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.


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Close More Deals with These 10 Email Marketing and Sales Tips

marketing and sales tips

Email has long been a powerful tool for marketing and selling. But businesses need to constantly update their methods to make the most of their strategy. Members of the online small business community are well acquainted with these challenges. Get their tips for improving email marketing and sales below.

Generate Leads with These Email Capture Tools

Before you can close sales via email, you need to collect addresses. There are an array of tools to help you connect with relevant customers. Adam Connell of Blogging Wizard explores a few of them in this post. And BizSugar members discussed further here.

Try These Lead Generation Strategies in 2022

B2B businesses need to keep up with industry trends to continue connecting with potential clients. So how can you collect more leads in the coming year? Industry experts, including Ryan Foland, share methods in this Infuse Media post.

Adjust Your Marketing Budget for 2022

The changes in your sales and marketing strategy in the next year may also necessitate a change in budget. The more you invest in your strategy, the more your business should bring in. Lane Ellis of TopRank Marketing discusses the concept further here.

Boost Your Email Marketing ROI

Email marketing is often free or affordable, at least in terms of money. But it does take time and effort. So you want a solid return from your strategy. In this Small Biz Viewpoints post, Harry and Sally Vaishnaiv explain how to improve ROI for your email marketing.

Consider Moosend to Save Money on Email Marketing

There’s no shortage of email marketing tools available. But it’s always worth looking into new options to access advanced features or save money. In this Digital Millions post, Tamal Kr. Chandra reviews a tool called Moosend, which may save businesses money.

Improve Revenue with These Sales Tools

Whether you’re selling via email or using other methods, the right tools can help you close more deals. And when you sell more efficiently, your revenue should go up notably. Ada Durzynska lists 15 of the best sales tools for businesses in this GetResponse post.

Get More Conversions with These Web Design Tips

When you connect with clients via email, you may send them to your website to close the deal. So the design of your site can impact how many sales you make. The tips in this Pixel Productions post by Kyriaki Raouna can help you update your website for optimal conversions. You can also see commentary about the post in the BizSugar community.

Use These Copywriting Strategies to Increase Conversions

In addition to your web design, your copy can also help you close more sales. On the Oktopost blog, Eyal Katz offers seven copywriting strategies that can help B2B marketers increase conversions.

Boost Customer Service Capabilities

Email isn’t just used to market and close sales. It can also be an effective customer service strategy. Whether you manage this via email, live chat, or other methods, quality service is key. Elechi Emekobum explains how to boost customer service in this Platter of Gold post.

Improve Efficiency with These Apps

Working efficiently can help you close more deals and get more done in your business. There are plenty of apps and tools that can help you improve efficiency. Becca Williams details six of them in this SmallBiz Technology post.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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How Can a Small Business Defend Against Ransomware?

Defending Against Ransomware

Ransomware has held everyone from multi-billion-dollar companies to small businesses hostage to their fiendish criminal exploits. And as the number of ransomware attacks continues to increase, businesses, big or small, have to be more aware of the digital ecosystem in which they operate.

Small Business Defending Against Ransomware

Two infographics developed by NowSourcing for Pondurance.com and CyberSecurityDegrees.com look at how businesses can protect themselves from ransomware.

According to the information on these infographics, ransomware is on the rise. And it is costing companies more than $20 billion annually with recovery costs reaching around $2 million per business in 2021. Moreover, three in four or 75% of organizations will face attacks in the next five years. Not surprisingly, the growth of this criminal activity is on the rise because it is effective, lucrative, and easy, according to Pondurance.

The infographic from Pondurance is titled Human VS. Tech: Why You Need Both To Defend Against Ransomware. And it is a fact that you need both to effectively combat ransomware. The company says businesses are struggling to keep up because of the lack of talent, planning, and budget. Close to two-thirds or 62% of SMB lack in-house cyber security experts. Another 60% of them don’t have cybersecurity in place, and 58% have an IT budget that is less than $10,000.

The infographic below provides some great information about ransomware you can surely use for your business.

 

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Stopping Ransomware Before It Starts

The CyberSecurityDegrees infographic also provides some great information about ransomware and how to stop it. According to this infographic, the cost of ransomware can be catastrophic to businesses.

Well-executed ransomware can halt business operations, costing up to 23X more than the ransom itself. The company points out claims ranging from $2,500 to $6.5 million have been documented, with an average claim of $424,000. However, it is important to note business interruption loss is commonly left out of the equation. So, it is very likely they are much more than the claim.

CyberSecurityDegrees says the average ransom demand for small businesses is $108,000 and $225,000 for large businesses. This infographic has different sets of data addressing ransomware, take a look at it below so together you can have a comprehensive view of the ransomware threat landscape.

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Close More Deals with These 10 Email Marketing and Sales Tips

marketing and sales tips

Email has long been a powerful tool for marketing and selling. But businesses need to constantly update their methods to make the most of their strategy. Members of the online small business community are well acquainted with these challenges. Get their tips for improving email marketing and sales below.

Generate Leads with These Email Capture Tools

Before you can close sales via email, you need to collect addresses. There are an array of tools to help you connect with relevant customers. Adam Connell of Blogging Wizard explores a few of them in this post. And BizSugar members discussed further here.

Try These Lead Generation Strategies in 2022

B2B businesses need to keep up with industry trends to continue connecting with potential clients. So how can you collect more leads in the coming year? Industry experts, including Ryan Foland, share methods in this Infuse Media post.

Adjust Your Marketing Budget for 2022

The changes in your sales and marketing strategy in the next year may also necessitate a change in budget. The more you invest in your strategy, the more your business should bring in. Lane Ellis of TopRank Marketing discusses the concept further here.

Boost Your Email Marketing ROI

Email marketing is often free or affordable, at least in terms of money. But it does take time and effort. So you want a solid return from your strategy. In this Small Biz Viewpoints post, Harry and Sally Vaishnaiv explain how to improve ROI for your email marketing.

Consider Moosend to Save Money on Email Marketing

There’s no shortage of email marketing tools available. But it’s always worth looking into new options to access advanced features or save money. In this Digital Millions post, Tamal Kr. Chandra reviews a tool called Moosend, which may save businesses money.

Improve Revenue with These Sales Tools

Whether you’re selling via email or using other methods, the right tools can help you close more deals. And when you sell more efficiently, your revenue should go up notably. Ada Durzynska lists 15 of the best sales tools for businesses in this GetResponse post.

Get More Conversions with These Web Design Tips

When you connect with clients via email, you may send them to your website to close the deal. So the design of your site can impact how many sales you make. The tips in this Pixel Productions post by Kyriaki Raouna can help you update your website for optimal conversions. You can also see commentary about the post in the BizSugar community.

Use These Copywriting Strategies to Increase Conversions

In addition to your web design, your copy can also help you close more sales. On the Oktopost blog, Eyal Katz offers seven copywriting strategies that can help B2B marketers increase conversions.

Boost Customer Service Capabilities

Email isn’t just used to market and close sales. It can also be an effective customer service strategy. Whether you manage this via email, live chat, or other methods, quality service is key. Elechi Emekobum explains how to boost customer service in this Platter of Gold post.

Improve Efficiency with These Apps

Working efficiently can help you close more deals and get more done in your business. There are plenty of apps and tools that can help you improve efficiency. Becca Williams details six of them in this SmallBiz Technology post.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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